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Old July 3rd, 2018, 12:34 AM
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Originally Posted by whartung View Post
Ah HA! Intergalactic conspiracy in the Royal Court! The Aslan were IN ON IT! The truth is out!

Which is why I like it for "game fiction" to take creative license with the system in order to get the results they want, rather than writing RAW.

When you Game, you're looking at effects at the top of the bell curve of probability, with the rare joys and sorrows of what happens when the rolls reach the edges.

In fiction, an awful lot of it happens at the edges. Most of the good parts, especially.

Even if the combat system made the attack UNpossible, the story should still stand.
Oh, I realize. This is just part of my general grouchiness about the Rebellion in the first place, I assume.
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Old July 5th, 2018, 08:49 AM
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Originally Posted by kazrak View Post
with at least two moving targets, and get four kills that were beyond the ability of TL15 medicine to heal?
Perhaps there aren't that many moving targets. It's not as glamorous as masculine fantasies of heroism and human interest news stories - but not everyone is in "fight or flight" mode. Many freeze. In fact, I'd argue freezing is the most logical thing that would have happened.

Dulinor isn't some strange or semi-stranger. He's pretty close to being a family friend. Isis and Iphengia were friends. It's like your uncle coming to see you. You're even in the same political party. You and he have had disagreed on how urgent reforms in the country were, but he's kept it civil. He one day comes to see you, then he pulls a pistol out and immediately starts shooting - no shouting political manifestos or muttered apologies or threats.

I think it's quite reasonable to imagine Iphengia and Iolanthe were standing there in shock trying to figure out how the world has suddenly gone utterly mad instead and just standing there dumbfounded trying to figure out what is going on; none of the Imperial family are true combat veterans - Iolanthe was a flag officer, but as an noble officer in the Navy it seems unlikely she'd have seen combat anywhere except on the bridge of a starship.

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How did Dulinor fire four shots from a pistol, at a range sufficient that he didn't get tackled by an Aslan (canonically fast pouncers, although this one may have been old)
It's possible to take the "reverse" point of view and say that the Aslan ambassador could have -- but he didn't.

By many accounts, Aslan society is a place where promotion by challenge-by-combat is a legitimate strategy.

So he sees Dulinor start taking shots at the Emperor and he actually is the one who recognizes it for what it is: Dulinor is challenging the Emperor by combat. While the method is dishonorable by Aslan standards (the guy should have had the self-respect to challenge the Emperor properly), it's another culture. So perhaps the ambassador decided this is a human/foreign matter and was none of his business by instinct (as an ambassador, he shouldn't actually have been doing anything). Only after a moment did he decide to do something.

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We know that high nobles were allowed to carry a ceremonial sidearm... so the question really becomes, "How did the audience chamber not become a free-for-all firefight?"
I believe the audience chamber was cleared of almost everyone except the for the Aslan ambassador, the Imperial family, and Dulinor. There were commoners present, but they were in compromised in some way by Dulinor (their weapons weren't loaded) or were actively on his side.
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Old July 5th, 2018, 02:00 PM
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Old July 5th, 2018, 07:47 PM
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Some good explanations for the events in the Throne Room, but the Rebellion as a whole was New Edition Fiat, from what I could see.
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'now for some jfk level conspiracy...'

Okay, challenge accepted.

Dulinor was working with a Solomani separationist group, founded in the remains of the ancient city of Dlles or something like that. They in turn actually managed, with the aid of frog DNA, to create multiple clones of a LeaHarvi Ozuwalt, and inserted the clones into Dulinor's entourage...

The ensuing coverup included all the clones getting shot by various people named after gemstones while being held by the authorities.

Hmmmmmm….. Seems plausible?
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This makes me think it would be fun to do an alternate timeline in which Iphigenia survives the coup attempt/assassinations and flees to the Aslan (fleeing Lucan and Dulinor)
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Originally Posted by combatmedic View Post
This makes me think it would be fun to do an alternate timeline in which Iphigenia survives the coup attempt/assassinations and flees to the Aslan (fleeing Lucan and Dulinor)
It exists.

I once read it, but I could not find it again, so I cannot give you the direction of the page it was...
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Originally Posted by BwapTED View Post
This makes me think it would be fun to do an alternate timeline in which Iphigenia survives the coup attempt/assassinations and flees to the Aslan (fleeing Lucan and Dulinor)
Inspired by the observations above and the Freelance Traveller article "Wounded Colossus," I'm working on an IMTU alternate timeline where Strephon survives (kinda sorta) the assassination but is in a coma for a year plus, recovering. His loyal subordinates have to protect him from Lucan while wrestling him from the Grim Reaper's grasp. Good thing the Emperor has access to TL 15.999-and-above medical techniques.

I'm also going to add the 'Better Solomani Strategy' ideas (from the other thread), just to give Emperor Strephon an extra challenge.

I can imagine a scene involving Margaret's heir-child and Strephon, but I haven't figured out how to work that into the timeline yet. The little one is the person who lets Strephon Alkaholoi (sp?) break out from within the Emperor Strephon mask.
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